Atlanta (44-36) at Philadelphia (40-40)

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  • Game info: 1:20 pm EDT Sat Jul 2, 2005
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Atlanta Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez looks to continue his recent turnaround as the Atlanta Braves face the struggling Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their series at Citizens Bank Park.

After starting the season 3-4 with a 5.65 ERA in his first nine starts, Ramirez is 4-0 with a 3.55 ERA in his past six starts, allowing just eight hits and one run in 12 innings in his past two starts, both wins against Florida.

Atlanta cruised to a 9-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night, as Andruw Jones, Adam LaRoche and rookie Kelly Johnson each had three RBIs apiece.

Jones hit major league-leading 26th homer in the victory, starting July much the same way he ended June when he set the team record for homers in a month with 13.

“He’s having a lot better at-bats than he’s ever had since he’s been here,” Cox said.

The Phillies have lost 12 of 17 to fall back to .500 for the first time since June 2, and move into last place in the NL East.

Even before this latest defeat, closer Billy Wagner was criticizing his team, first to a Philadelphia newspaper, then to the rest of the media before the game.

Wagner admonished his teammates for not having enough intensity, saying that when the Phillies get behind “we’ve quit.”

“The way we’re playing now, if anybody’s fool enough to think we’re a playoff team the way we’re playing right now, they’re crazy. We haven’t played well,” he said.

The Phillies will try to rebound on Saturday, as right-hander Brett Myers is hoping to resume his formerly effective form.

After starting the season 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA in his first 14 starts, he’s struggled mightily in his past two games, going 0-1 with a 15.95 ERA in home losses to the Mets and Boston. He allowed 18 hits and 13 runs in seven innings over that span.

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H. Ramírez LAA vs. B. Myers Cle
11-9 Record 13-8
4.63 ERA 3.72
80 K 208
67 BB 68
1.39 WHIP 1.21